Adam Internet has started running its own Internet filter tests.
The news comes after Communications Minister, Senator Stephen Conroy, announced the plan to implement a mandatory ISP-level filter has been delayed to next year until a refused classification (RC) report has been completed.
An interim voluntary “child porn filter” has been adopted by Telstra, Optus and iPrimus while a number of ISPs including iiNet, Internode and Adam Internet have yet to join the big three.
Adam Internet managing director, Scott Hicks, doubted the efficacy of the URL-based filter. The company has no intention of adding the filter at the moment and will be watching out for new developments in the Internet filtering plans.
“I’ve only seen one report [the Internet filter trial Enex Testlab report] on it and it suggested a filter will not degrade the Internet, which I find a little hard to believe,” he said. “We’re just waiting and seeing; we’ve done a little bit of testing in the lab ourselves but at this point in time, we are just waiting to be told what the process from here on in is going to be.”
Adam Internet has begun testing some Internet filtering equipment but Hicks could not disclose the name of the products being used.
“There are no results to tell yet,” he said. “We are certainly preparing ourselves if [the mandatory filter] is around the corner because there will be hardware requirement and significant changes to our network required in making sure we are capable of doing what is required.”
Hicks said he didn't feel any pressure to sign up to the voluntary filter despite the involvement of Telstra, Optus and iPrimus.
“Our stance is always that we will do what we are legally bounded to do and we’ll put our opinion in the pie and let everybody know whether we think it is the right thing to do,” he said.
Results of the tests will not be made public.